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I am a math professor at the University of Chicago who played more bridge when I was younger (became LM when I was 22 in the late 1970s) but have played only infrequently in the last twenty years.

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- Breaking ties in KO matches
- I would recommend that the committee (which I am not on) debate/vote on the general principle that at the start of every long match that a determination is made (by giving an extra .5 IMPS or whatever) of who wins the match if the total number of IMPs is ...
- Bidding after an artificial raise (Bergen)
- It is different because in your auction fourth hand has a 3♣ bid available to show ♣.
- Bidding grand at the club
- Richard, actually that is the point. Suppose as an extreme case that 95% of the time I will get (or be given) 13 tricks, but I know that no other declarer will get more than 12 tricks. Then it is silly for me to bid the grand.
- Bidding grand at the club
- One assumption that is being implicitly made here that will not be valid on all hands is that all declarers have the same probability of making the hand and all defenders will defend equally well.
- Bidding slam at the club
- What I should have said is the probability distribution of the other contracts and the probabilities that they make (and of course, number of possible overtricks in different contracts as discussed by Kit Woolsey, and lots of other variables!)
- Bidding slam at the club
- The decision to bid a slam is a function of two variables: --- the probability that it makes --- the probability distribution of the number of other tables that bid the slam. You have asked your question in terms of only one of the variables. The second quantity above is NOT a ...
- The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
- Patrick, You specifically addressed Richard and Richard was discussing the situation with exactly one entry for a finesse.
- The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
- For the simple problem Richard stated, I believe he is correct. If it is required to get four winners and there is only one entry to finesse, there is no way to pick up KQxx onside. However, there are hands one can produce where that can make a difference. For ...
- The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
- Then, explain why your Combination 2 succeeds if KQxx is onside.
- The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
- The fact that the poster was so rude to the experts led me to think that the poster was playing a con game. In other words, the poster did not really believe what he was writing but rather was trying to trick the reader to think that he believed it.

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